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The Gunks – Multi pitch rock climb

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Belly Roll (5.4) 120 ft, 2 pitches Jackie and Friends
Betty (5.3) 150 ft, 2 pitches Jackie and Friends
Twin Oaks (5.3) 190 ft, 2 pitches The Guides Wall
This weekend was a meetup event with the Mountaineering, Climbing & Backpacking of New England Meetup group! The newly opened Shawangunks Gateway Campground opened for business just weeks before and everything was shiny and new! We pulled into camp Friday night and expected to climb both Saturday and Sunday. But Sunday was a washout so we packed up and headed out in the morning. As for climbing at the Gunks, Saturday was a fun day climbing with Geoff. A sunny, warm day with windy finishes at the tops.
Geoff and I started off with Belly Roll and that “squeeze” through the large crack was, I felt, pretty awkward as well as comical. I slipped and fell on my bad knee on the first pitch of Betty. It was a pretty hard fall on my knee, I wanted to cry but forced myself not to. I had to figure out how to get up that slick section without hurting my…

Coyote, Blues & Tardis – Multi pitch rock climb

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Coyote Rain (5.6) 140 ft, 2 pitches Wonderland Wall
Evening Blues (5.7) 135 ft, 2 pitches Wonderland Wall
Tardis (5.7) 65 ft, 1 pitch Indigenous Wall
More training for Colorado climbing! Jeff, Kevin and I spent the day climbing at Longstack Precipice. It took us a bit to find the trail, so we ended up following the dirt road until it ended. Then bushwacked our way up to the base of the Wonderland Wall. And on our way out, we took the climber’s path which took us to the logging road and back to the open area where we parked. But next time going to follow these directions:
At 1.5 miles of Rines Road in Alton, drive through the first gate and sign for the Knight’s Pond Conservation Area. Go to the very end and park in the parking lot with a kiosk. Large boulders border the parking lot. Between two boulders is a shortcut path. Take path to the intersection of the dirt, logging road. Follow for a few minutes and on your left a “climbers path” is marked with a cairn (there may be some overgrowth near…

Mt. Major - Spring Hike

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Mt. Major (1,786ft)
Trails: Mt. Major main
Elevation Gain: 1,100ft
Distance: 3.4 miles
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Great to get out hiking with Tim B. again. Enjoy a few photos taken of this little fun cardio workout!








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Wavelength – Multi-pitch Rock Climbing

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Wavelength (5.8) 1,080 feet, 10 pitches Whitehorse Ledge North Conway, NH
May 2nd brought a fabulous day for a first multi-pitch rock climb of the season!
Counting the ‘walk-up’ to the Launch Pad, Sean, Tom and I did 10 pitches today of The Slabs, Center of Whitehorse Ledge. We had blue skies the entire day, climbed the 5.8 pitch listening to Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ outdoor convention speech and met a “totally blind” climber on his very first multi-pitch climb.
Our climbing plan; start on the Standard Route’s direct route (Quartz pocket) and if it was dry, onto Wavelength, linking up with the Sliding Board and finishing up on the Standard Route. Sean would lead and Tom and I would second several of the pitches together. 
Enjoy photos taken of our climb!
White Mountain Hotel & Resort with Whitehorse Ledge in the backgound
A little bit of snow at the base of the ledge
Sean leading up to "The Toilet Bowl"
Me on Sean's belay at the "Launch Pad"
Tom and I mak…